SW to S fresh wind. Plenty of sunshine in the morning but overcast with showers in the afternoon
Shag 1 resting on wooden jetty seen by Pete.
I didn't have much time today and mistimed this morning's walk slightly, as the tide had not left the sea wall. Still it was a pleasant walk (MD)
The only passerine around saltmarsh and foreshore was a single Goldfinch.
Rock Pipit 1 on Red Nab and 1 between the lighthouse and waterfall. This is one of the birds that had a bad foot, the foot is completely gone now and presumably the stump is not too sore as it was prepared to put some weight on it, and seemed to be getting around better now than when its foot was withered.
|One of at least three Rock Pipits in the recording area with one foot withered or missing.|
Mediterranean gulls - I could only make out 5 adult on Red Nab
Whimbrel 1 on Red Nab
Oystercatcher c2000 flew past the roundhead and flew to Red Nab. Something or someone must have flushed them from their Heliport roost.
|Oystercatcher flying past the wooden jetty|
|There was a single Curlew with them|
|This Great Black-Backed gull was in the harbour|
To me they always seem to be looking at you, to decide if you could be swallowed
(Or maybe I'm just paranoid! MD)
|This shot by Alan Wilson from earlier in the week shows the Herring and |
Lesser Black-Backed gulls bathing in the freshwater stream on Red Nab
Despite the fresh SSW wind there had been some butterfly movement, perhaps from inland. Singles of three species ware amongst the scrub near the waterfall.
Unusually, no Meadow Brown seen.
Small White 1
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Peacock 1 looking quite fresh, the lower wing eyes looking particularly realistic.
A walk back through the Nature Park located:
Meadow Brown several
Red Admiral 1
Small White 2
Large White 2
Speckled Wood 2
Small Skipper 1
Middleton Nature Reserve
Janet had a walk around and located nothing new, but took these nice shots
|Buff-Tailed Bumblebee (probably)|
|Not sure what this insect is, looks like a large hoverfly|
Nice shot of the Fleabane